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A Few of the Historic Churches in Veliky Novgorod

Updated on August 20, 2011

A City of Ancient Churches

Friday Aug 12, 2011 - Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Novgorod is known for beautiful and ancient churches. These historic churches are found all over the older part of the city with as many as four or five sitting next to each other.

The newer area of the city was swampland until the swamps were drained a decade or two ago and new housing built on it and this area is, for the most part devoid of churches.

However, considering that, according to my Father-in-Law the population of the city is only about 218,000 and the land area is small enough that one can walk from one side of the city to the other in 30 to 40 minutes. Of course many people have cars and buses are readily available so one can easily get to a church no matter where they live.

Cathedral of St. Sophia the Wisdom of God (built 1045-1050)  located inside Kremlin in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.  Erected by Prince Vladimir, this is one of Russia;s  oldest stone buildings.
Cathedral of St. Sophia the Wisdom of God (built 1045-1050) located inside Kremlin in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Erected by Prince Vladimir, this is one of Russia;s oldest stone buildings. | Source

Touring, Shopping and Visiting My Wife's Family

To the right and below are a few of the pictures I have taken of churches in Veliky Novgorod and nearby areas.

Despite the fact that I have seen and photographed many more, I would probably need another two weeks or more to simply visit and photograph all of the ancient churches in the area where I am now writing this.

And to really tour and enjoy all of them would take another month or more.

Some of the photos here are not identified by name. I have photos of the names and other information about them from the signs and plaques attached to them. However, all of this information is not only in Russian but written in the Cyrillic alphabet rather than the Latin alphabet we use in Western Europe and North America.

I am totally illiterate when it comes to the Russian language and its alphabet. However, I am not without resources as my wife, Bella, is fluent in both languages and translates everything for me.

Unfortunately, as I write this, I am sitting in the lobby of our hotel where the WiFi is located while my wife is upstairs in our room trying to figure out how to pack all of the purchases from her shopping.

Our time on this trip has been divided between visiting family, touring the sites and shopping.

Since we did all of our touring and shopping together, I have sufficient information and photos for a Hub on shopping in Novgorod which I will publish as soon as I find time to write it.

Bell tower of Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kremlin of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Bell tower of Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kremlin of Veliky Novgorod, Russia. | Source
St Paraskeva Piatnitsa Church in the Marketplace.  Built in 1207 and located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
St Paraskeva Piatnitsa Church in the Marketplace. Built in 1207 and located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. | Source
Desyatinny Convent of the Nativity of Our Lady.  14th Century and no longer in use as a convent.  Located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Desyatinny Convent of the Nativity of Our Lady. 14th Century and no longer in use as a convent. Located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. | Source
Church built in 1407.  In a little park near Kremlin in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Church built in 1407. In a little park near Kremlin in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Church along east wall inside Kremlin.  Is located to the left of the Eternal Flame at the War Memorial on the inside East Wall of Kremlin.  Located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Church along east wall inside Kremlin. Is located to the left of the Eternal Flame at the War Memorial on the inside East Wall of Kremlin. Located in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. | Source
Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior.  Built in 1345 and located on Kovalevo Field just outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior. Built in 1345 and located on Kovalevo Field just outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia. | Source

St Michael's Monastery of the Holy Trinity in the Village of Kleptsy

St Michael's Monastery of the Holy Trinity in the Village of Kleptsy.  15th Century monastery located in a village just outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
St Michael's Monastery of the Holy Trinity in the Village of Kleptsy. 15th Century monastery located in a village just outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia. | Source
Close-up view of the green domes of St Michael's Monastery of the Holy Trinity in the Village of Kleptsy. (Monastery located in Village of Kleptsy just outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
Close-up view of the green domes of St Michael's Monastery of the Holy Trinity in the Village of Kleptsy. (Monastery located in Village of Kleptsy just outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source
Church on road in Valday District outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Church on road in Valday District outside of Veliky Novgorod, Russia | Source

Scenes from a Monastery in Valday District

Outer wall of monastery.  (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
Outer wall of monastery. (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source
Diagram showing layout of the monastery.  (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
Diagram showing layout of the monastery. (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source
Entrance to monastery.  (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
Entrance to monastery. (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source
View of entrance to monastery from inside the monastery.  (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
View of entrance to monastery from inside the monastery. (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source
Main church inside monastery.  (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
Main church inside monastery. (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source
Votive candles and icons inside church.  (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia)
Votive candles and icons inside church. (Monastery in Valday District near Veliky Novgorod, Russia) | Source

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    • powerofknowledge1 profile image

      powerofknowledge1 

      6 years ago

      Great hub and beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Clarke Stevens - glad you enjoyed this Hub. In answer to your question, yes, many, if not most, of these churches are in operation as houses of worship.

      Some are museums, but most of the ones that we entered (some were not open when we visited and with others we did not have time to enter and view the interior)appeared to be active houses of worship and not simply museums.

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      Will Mays 

      6 years ago from North Kingstown, RI, United States

      Chuck- great hub! Thank you for letting us explore the world with you. Are these ancient churches still in operation, or are they museums?

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      Chuck Nugent 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Paradise7 - thanks for your comments. I will be researching many of these in more detail and publishing additional Hubs with more information. Time and Internet access constraints have made it difficult to do a lot of research so I am basically sharing what little I have learned and the photos in these Hubs from Russia.

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love these pics. The churches really do have those...what do you call them? Byzantine? Domes. The "onion" domes. I could have wished you included more details of the history of the architecture of these places, Chuck, but I understand the difficulty with the language.

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      Very beautiful! There is a Russian monastery located near where I was raised. It is near a small town called Jordanville in Upstate NY. You often see monks walking up the road. They are self sufficient, baking their own breads and selling them. They are also farmers, raising goats and cows. It's a beautiful site with the gold domes.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Chuck, Beautiful! Great photos! What wonderful places of worship! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      These buildings are quite majestic! They are so beautiful. I am looking forward to the hub on shopping too. I hope you have lots of photos too.

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      wedding day 

      7 years ago

      I like your pictures. These churches make me feel a religious forces but I do not know why.

      Thank a lot for your brilliant sharing! I am looking forwards to your next post in the very near future.

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      Jessica Blox 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great Pictures.. nd great places..

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      These are gorgeous. This is exactly the type of thing I would do if I had the money to travel-study the history of architecture and art history where I was staying-whether the buildings as in this hub, or in a museum. I loved being in Greece a decade ago. I wish I could go back to Europe but that is impossible for a long time to come.

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